The album will feature tracks from each of the first nine Idol winners, plus three additional tracks.
Those will come from Daughtry (“Home”), Clay Aiken (“Invisible”) and Adam Lambert (“Whataya Want from Me”).
Now, it’s tough to dispute the inclusion of any of the three.
Chris Daughtry has become the best-selling Idol contestant who didn’t make the finals.
In the aftermath of season two, it seemed Clay was more popular than Ruben.
And Grammy-nominated Adam might be the most popular former Idol contestant not named Kelly or Carrie right about now.
But let’s look at who was left out …
* Jennifer Hudson, who’s about to release her second album and whose first won a Grammy.
* Crystal Bowersox, who’s debut seems certain to outperform the one released by season nine winner Lee DeWyze.
* And David Archuleta, a favorite from season seven whose first album went gold and who still has an incredibly loyal fan base.
Of course, before we get too concerned about who was snubbed on this album, officially dubbed “American Idol — 10th Anniversary — The Hits,” let’s keep this in mind.
The article posted on the americanidol.com site also includes the words, “Vol. 1.”
In other words, there might be more to come.
My suggestion for “Vol. 2″ — a compilation of bonus tracks released by the most popular Idols over the years.
After all, the most avid Idol fans will already own most of the tracks on volume one. At least the ones from the Idols they follow.
But lots of us have missed out on bonus tracks over the years, like the extra songs released on the deluxe version of Kelly Clarkson’s “All I Ever Wanted” CD.
Now that would be a compilation album worth owning.
Meanwhile, the tracks on Vol. 1 …
1. Kelly Clarkson – “Since U Been Gone”
2. Ruben Studdard – “Superstar”
3. Clay Aiken – “Invisible”
4. Fantasia – “When I See U”
5. Carrie Underwood – “Before He Cheats”
6. Taylor Hicks – “Takin’ It To The Streets”
7. Daughtry – “Home”
8. Jordin Sparks (duet with Chris Brown) – “No Air”
9. David Cook – “Light On”
10. Kris Allen – “Live Like We’re Dying”
11. Adam Lambert – “Whataya Want From Me”
12. Lee DeWyze – “Sweet Serendipity”